From Burnout to Balance: Co-creating cultures of collective and self-care
2nd – 4th March 2018, Stokes Croft, Bristol
Friday 6.30 – 9pm, Saturday 10.30 – 6.30pm, Sunday 10.30 – 4pm
Sliding scale £25 – £150
When we think of our escalating refugee/hospitality crisis, mounting inequalities, eco-systemic collapse and runaway climate change – the challenges we face can seem insurmountable. No matter what we do, it never seems to be enough. The transformations that we are looking for seem to require such immense and relentless effort that the self and mutual-care necessary to sustain ourselves and our groups long-term can feel like an unaffordable or self-indulgent luxury.
If this resonates with you, if you have felt or feel on the edge of burnout and want to develop insights and skills to avoid it, join us for a nourishing weekend reflecting on and exploring effective and regenerative activism and personal sustainability through the co-creation of cultures of collective- and self-care.
Conflict in Groups: Facilitating Change
Saturday 10th – Sunday 11th March 2018, Manchester
Conflict in a group can be profoundly challenging; sometimes it’s like wading through a swamp, other times it’s like a whirlwind pulling everyone in and tearing things apart. Though conflict can be intensely painful, it is possible to find ways through tensions and disagreements together. Engaging with conflict can bring a lot of energy, a sense of cohesion and better communication to a group.
Over the course of the weekend you’ll develop your ability to engage with conflict, whether you’re on the sidelines or right in the middle. You’ll increase your capacity to step in to conflict situations, and you’ll leave the workshop feeling more confident in what you have to offer.
Saturday 24th – Sunday 25th March 2018, Bristol
This training is about strengthening your ability to facilitate meetings and gatherings, helping groups to become something more than the sum of their parts and unleash their collective potential.
Facilitation is about making it as easy as possible for a group to get on with whatever it came together for. While there are many ways of facilitating, and every situation is different, there are some powerful underlying principles of facilitation that will support you wherever you facilitate.
10th Dec 2017, London. We explored what leadership can look like in the context of non-hierarchical organising. We looked at what makes collaborative leadership possible at personal, as well as what stands in the way of ‘grassroots’ styles of leadership. Read more
Developing personal and group resilience
25th Nov 2017, Oxford. This workshop explored questions like: How do we sustain our motivation and keep our hearts open? How can we make our groups and campaigns more successful, and more welcoming to others? Read more
16th – 17th Sep 2017, London. In this workshop we explored ways of observing and intervening with what’s going on in a group, and participants discovered more about their role as a facilitator, and much more. Read more
Sustaining ourselves: developing personal and group resilience
26th September 2017, Oxford. Being involved in campaigns and taking action on issues of social and environmental justice can be immensely rewarding. It can also pose challenges. Participants learned healthier and more effective ways of working together and looking after themselves.
White is Not a Neutral Colour
26th Sep, London. This workshop was a participatory exploration of race, with a particular focus on whiteness: How white people re-centre themselves/ourselves, and what we can do about it. Read more